The Cambridge Companion to Biblical Interpretation

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John Barton
Cambridge University Press, Jul 28, 1998 - Religion - 338 pages
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This book provides the first complete guide for students to the present state of biblical studies. The twenty-one specially commissioned chapters are written by established scholars from North America and Britain, and represent both traditional and contemporary points of view. The chapters in Part One cover all the methods and approaches currently practised in the academic study of the Bible, while those in Part Two examine the major categories of books in the Bible from the perspective of recent scholarship - e.g. historical books of the Old Testament, Gospels, prophetic literature. Major issues raised are: the relation of modern 'critical' study of the Bible to 'pre-critical' and 'post-critical' approaches; the place of history in the study of the Bible; feminist, liberationist and new historicist concerns; the relation of Christian and Jewish scholarship; and recent interest in the Bible as literature.
  

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Contents

Historicalcritical approaches
9
Literary readings of the Bible
21
The social world of the Bible
35
Poststructuralist approaches New Historicism and postmodernism
50
Political readings of Scripture
67
Feminist interpretation
81
Biblical studies and theoretical hermeneutics
95
The Bible and Christian theology
114
The Pentateuch
181
The historical books of the Old Testament
198
The prophetic books
212
The poetic and wisdom books
226
The Synoptic Gospels and Acts of the Apostles Telling the Christian Story
241
John and the Johannine literature The woman at the well
259
The Pauline Letters
276
The nonPauline Letters
290

Biblical study and linguistics
129
Aspects of the Jewish contribution to biblical interpretation
143
The Bible in literature and art
160
Biblical books in modern interpretation
179
Apocalyptic literature
305
General index
323
Index of biblical references
331
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About the author (1998)

John Barton is Oriel & Laing Professor of the Interpretation of Holy Scripture at the University of Oxford. John Muddiman is G. B. Caird Fellow in New Testament Studies in Mansfield College, Oxford.

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